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Real Madrid: Courtois: Hazard is staying at Real Madrid, 100 percent


Eden Hazard‘s future remains a mystery, but Thibaut Courtois, now insists that the forward is going nowhere and will stay at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

MARCA revealed that the club had put him on the market, though his teammate for club and country, has no doubts about where he will be playing his football in 2021/22.

“I’m 100 percent sure that he’ll stay, he doesn’t want to leave,” the goalkeeper said in an interview with Le Soir and Sudpresse.

“Only the Madrid press write about a desire to leave. He wants to carry on, play injury free and win titles.

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“At Real Madrid, there are always criticisms all the time and for everyone. Gareth Bale was criticised, but he won the Champions League and scored a brace in the final in Kiev. In Lisbon, he scored against me in the final too.

“We all know that in Madrid there is pressure and criticism from the press and the fans, but Eden can handle that. I know him well enough to be able to say it, he can still change everything.

“It’s been a shame to see him with problems, I’ve known him for a long time and we’ve talked a lot about imagining playing together for Real Madrid.

“He still wants to be an important player for Real Madrid and win titles, this season he’s worked a lot in the gym and he’s in good shape.

“Physically, he’s stronger than ever, in training he looks very good, like before with the national team or at Chelsea.

“If he can play a bit against Croatia and be important at the Euros, it would be great for the national team, but also for him and Real Madrid next season.”

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Real Madrid’s season

The former Atletico Madrid shotstopper also assessed the campaign which left Real Madrid trophyless, with his former club lifting the LaLiga Santander trophy.

“In the league, it was more that Atletico could lose it than that we could win it, they were ahead for a long time,” Courtois insisted.

“There were some strange refereeing decisions which cost us wins.

“Obviously, we were disappointed not to win anything, but that’s football. The second half of the season was very good, we showed up in big games, it was against other teams when we failed.

“In the Champions League, it was a shame to lose the semi-final against Chelsea. We had some injuries and COVID cases, but you have to admit that Chelsea were stronger than us in the second leg. And then they won, which shows their level since Tuchel arrived.”

Courtois saw both of his former teams lift major silverware this season, and will be hoping to make amends for Belgium at the European Championship this summer.

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